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[[caption-width-right:345:Front 242]]
->''One, you lock the target. Two, you bait the line. Three, you slowly spread the net, and four you catch the man!''

Front 242 is a Belgian EBM band and the TropeNamer (but not the TropeCodifier) for Electronic Body Music: this term was coined for their 1984 album ''No Comment''.

Their style, EBM, is a subgenre of {{Industrial}} that resembles the DarkerAndEdgier cousin of SynthPop. "DarkerAndEdgier Music/{{Kraftwerk}}" is a good description. The music itself is punk-like, aggressive and danceable ElectronicMusic with mostly conventional (verse-bridge-chorus) song structures.

Front 242 member Richard 23 was a founding member of Revolting Cocks alongside Music/{{Ministry}}'s Al Jourgensen.

Their CrowningMomentOfAwesome is generally considered to be their song ''Headhunter'' off their album ''Front By Front''. ''Headhunter'' is also their SignatureSong.

Unfortunately, Front 242 have at times [[MusicToInvadePolandTo been accused of Nazism]]. This accusation is severely misplaced.

!!Front 242 provides examples of the following tropes:
* AlbumTitleDrop: There's one for ''Official Version'' in "Slaughter".
* TheInvisibleBand: None of their album covers feature any band members.
* ListSong: "Headhunter" (or at least its chorus) may well count. It's even a numbered list!
-->1. You lock the target\\
2. You bait the line\\
3. You slowly spread the net... and\\
4. You catch the man
* NonAppearingTitle: The majority of their tracks follow this trope. Notable exceptions: "Special Forces", "Don't Crash", "GVDT", "Never Stop".
* RefrainFromAssuming: it's "Welcome to Paradise", not "Hey Poor".
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Headhunter" and "Tragedy (For You)".
* {{Sampling}}: used in almost every song.
* VoiceClipSong: "Welcome to Paradise" and "Angst". Incidentally, both sample ranting preachers.
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Number Twenty-Three]]: Richard 23 (a.k.a. Richard Jonckheere).
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